Premier David Eby and two federal ministers held talks today specializing in reaching bilateral agreements on health-care issues in British Columbia.
The talks come after Canada’s premiers agreed this week to simply accept a federal offer that can add $46.2 billion in latest health-care funding over 10 years.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says he expects Ottawa and B.C. to soon reach a versatile bilateral motion plan on health issues involving family care improvements, mental health services, front-line employee supports and modernizing the work environment.
Eby says the bilateral discussions underway between B.C. and the federal government are about where the province will allocate funding, and relieving pressure on hospitals through home care and mental health and addictions services are major parts of the talks.
B.C. expects to receive a mean of $600 million a 12 months over the subsequent decade for health funding from the federal government.
Duclos says he expects the bilateral agreements will improve health services in B.C. and data gathered by the province will give evidence of the progress.